Official course description, subject to change:
Basic info last published 1/10-23

How to Make (Almost) Anything (Summer University)

Course info
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Price for EU/EEA citizens (Single Subject):
10625 DKK
MSc. Master
MSc in Computer Science
Course manager
Associate Professor
Course semester
Forår 2024
Summer 2024
8 July 2024
23 August 2024
The course is a hands-on introduction to the tools that are necessary to design and develop physical artefacts.

This course is the first course of the Robotics specialisation. 

The course will give an overview of the most important manufacturing methods like 3D printing, NC milling, laser cutting or moulding. In addition, we will explain how to design simple electric circuits to handle sensors and actuators and how to design printed circuit boards. These techniques will allow students to design physical prototypes on their own at the end of the course. 

The topics for each lecture could be: 
  • Lecture 1: The design process, 3D modelling and assemblies
  • Lecture 2: 3D printing
  • Lecture 3: Laser, water jet and plasma cutting and basic techniques (drilling, sawing, tapping, etc. )
  • Lecture 4: Machine elements (bearings, gears, belts, fasteners, etc.) and mechanisms
  • Lecture 5: Electronics, sensors and actuators
  • Lecture 6: Microcontroller programming and advanced sensors and actuators
  • Lecture 7: PCB design
  • Lecture 8: Milling and turning
  • Lecture 9: Moulding

Formal prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites for this course. A completed course on programming such as "Introductory Programming" will be helpful but is not mandatory.

It is recommended to have taken the IxD Workshop Courses (Laser license and 3D printing license) These courses will allow you to use the IxD and REAL workshops during the course. However, we will run special courses for the students who did not take them.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • analyse and compare the main manufacturing methods
  • model 3D parts and assemblies using Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software at beginner level
  • select the best manufacturing process for a component
  • design simple electronic systems and circuit boards
  • use different manufacturing tools to produce parts
  • prototype complete, but simple mechatronic systems
Ordinary exam
Exam type:
C: Submission of written work, External (7-point scale)
Exam variation:
C1G: Submission of written work for groups